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Viruses and Host Cells in Drug Tests

Desired screen complexity that can be solved with designed cells is also illustrated by assays directed against interactions among cells, or between host cells and parasites, in the search for therapeutics against infectious diseases. The range and variability of examples from the area of screening for antivirals against HIV illustrate the versatility of designed cells. Cell-based drug screens help in medium-throughput screens of libraries with hundreds of compounds, in small-scale applications for detailed characterization of selected promising drug candidates, and in the evaluation of the results from clinical trials with virus isolates from patients treated with new compounds. Drug screening against HIV is discussed as an example because of the complexity of HIV pathogenesis and the large amount of knowledge already available. Lessons learned here may be applicable to screens for drugs against other complex infectious diseases or tumor processes involving specific transactivation...

Addiction and dependence

The business community is so concerned about substance abuse and dependence that pre-employment drug screening of prospective employees has become commonplace. The majority of Fortune 500 companies have some sort of drug-testing program. Drug testing is the norm in the U.S. armed forces, and many court cases in the early twenty-first century are examining if and when the government has the right to test its employees. In 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court, in Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County et al. v. Earls et al., held that drug testing of students is a reasonable means of preventing and deterring drug use among school children and is not a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

TABLE 341 Psychological Characteristics of Chronic Pain Patients

Substance abuse is a frequent problem in chronic pain patients. Patients referred to chronic pain clinics meet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third revised edition (DSM III-R) criteria for active substance abuse disorders in 12 to 24 percent of cases, while 9 percent meet criteria for remission diagnosis. 67 Drug detoxification is often the first step of the therapeutic plan for new patients referred to a pain clinic.

Important Aspects for Bioreactor Design

With regard to tissue engineering, bioreactors are used for cell proliferation on a small scale (e.g., for individual patients) and on a large scale (e.g., for allogeneic therapy concepts), to generate 3D tissue constructs from isolated and proliferated cells in vitro and for direct organ-support devices 23 . These bioreactors should enable the control of environmental conditions such as oxygen tension, pH, temperature, and shear stress, as well as allowing aseptic operation (e.g., feeding and sampling). Furthermore, a bioreactor system should allow for automated processing steps. This is essential not only for controlled, reproducible, statistically relevant basic studies, but also for the future routine manufacture of tissues for clinical application or drug screening 7, 26 . In addition to these global requirements, specific key criteria for 3D tissue constructs based on cells and scaffolds must also be met, including the proliferation of cells, the seeding of cells onto...

Laboratory Assessment

Routine laboratory studies are not needed in a child with a clear episode of vasovagal syncope. However, patients with an atypical presentation or worrisome associated symptoms should have a serum chemistry panel, hematocrit, thyroid function tests, chest radiograph, and ECG in the emergency department. Hyperthyroidism predisposes patients to supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs), so thyroid function tests must be obtained with any child where an SVT is considered. In adolescents, a serum alcohol level and urine drug screen should be considered due to the possibility of illicit drug use (most commonly cocaine and amphetamines). Patients resuscitated from sudden death must have a complete evaluation unless a clear cause for the arrest is apparent. The diagnostic possibilities are extensive, so laboratory and radiographic studies should be directed by clinical and historical information. All such patients should have a serum chemistry panel, CPK-MB, complete blood count, serum...

Extracellular Recording of Electrically Excitable Cells Multiple Site Recording of Field Potentials by MEAs

With a view to its use as a diagnostic and or drug screening tool, this MEA platform may need to be implemented in an automated work station for liquid handling, chip positioning, cell growth, and maintenance. The work station allows the screening of 10 to 20 chips per hour, with each chip being divided into four application chambers, each containing six to ten electrodes that can be recorded simultaneously. Thus, between 40 and 80 compounds per hour - that is, 960 to 1920 per day - can be screened. Since the work station is placed in a CO2 incubator, long-term experiments are possible by repeated measurement of the same chips under cell culture conditions (over a period of 28 days). The ability of cardiomyocyte-based MEAs to detect chronotropic and arrhythmic effects of drugs and compounds has been demonstrated in several previous reports.

Trends in Tissue Engineering Realistic InVitro BBB Pharmacological Models

To date, the best in-vitro BBB models, with high barrier resistance (18002000 Q X cm-2) and low sucrose permeability (Papp 0.2-1.8 X 10-6 cm s-1), utilize porcine brain microcapillary ECs grown in serum-free culture conditions and treated with corticosteroids 216, 217 . The large amounts of EC that can be obtained from a porcine brain, and the close similarity between porcine and human cardiovascular physiology, suggest that, in the absence of a readily available human in-vitro BBB model, the porcine system might represent a reasonable in-vitro model for high-throughput drug screening. Whilst all of the above-mentioned biological and pharmaceutical in-vitro BBB models are cultured under static conditions, it must be remembered that in vivo the BBB, like every other endothelium, is exposed to blood flow and hydrostatic pressure. These mechanical parameters significantly influence endothelium physiology. Any truly high-fidelity in-vitro pharmacological model of the BBB must therefore...

Control Of Bile Acid Transport And Metabolism

An important mechanism toward controlling bile acid levels within cells is to adjust the cellular uptake or efflux of bile acids by regulating the expression and or activity of uptake and efflux proteins, as discussed in detail below. It should be noted, however, that additional mechanisms are also operational in preventing intracellular bile acid concentrations from reaching toxic levels. One such mechanism is to regulate the de novo synthesis of bile acids according to the existing intracellular bile acid content. To reduce bile acid synthesis, the expression levels of the key CYP enzymes involved in de novo bile acid synthesis (i.e., CYP7A1, CYP8B1, and CYP27A1) are suppressed.42 Furthermore, expression levels of several phase II enzymes that in addition to their role in drug detoxification may convert bile acids into less toxic and more hydrophilic derivatives are induced in response to elevated levels of bile acids.43 These metabolizing enzymes include uridine 5'...

Nuclear Receptors As Transcriptional Regulators Of Bile Acid Homeostasis

Receptor that typically utilizes drugs and xenobiotics as its ligands.66 In response to these ligands, PXR induces the expression of genes encoding proteins involved in drug detoxification and elimination pathways. In addition to xenobiotics, certain bile acids, such as the highly toxic LCA, can serve as agonistic ligands for PXR.67-68 Indeed, activation of PXR can protect mouse livers against LCA-mediated injury.67 Doubleknockout mice lacking both FXR and PXR exhibit more severe disturbances of bile acid metabolism than mice lacking only one of the nuclear receptors, demonstrating that both contribute to bile acid homeostasis.69 PXR is a master regulator of the gene encoding the CYP3A4 enzyme,70 which, in addition to its role in detoxifying xeno-biotics, also metabolizes bile acids to less toxic and more easily excreted derivatives. Thus, by being both activators of the CYP3A4 gene and substrates of the CYP3A4 enzyme, bile acids can initiate a hepatoprotective feedforward loop via...

Conclusions and Future Prospects

Nanotechnology and systems for single cell analysis may well provide new approaches to the rapid generation of data on the response of cells to drugs and toxicants 42-44 . Another area currently generating great interest is that of embryonic stem cell lines to provide a diverse range of differentiated cell types as models of human tissue for drug testing and toxicology 45 . Although stem cell testing has been under development for in-vitro assays for some years 46 , mouse embryonic cell lines have been used more recently 47-49 . Test methods using human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines are also being developed, and hESCs are beginning to be investigated as tools for developmental toxicology 49, 50 . Potentially, the hESC offer systems that in many countries are fundamentally more acceptable when compared to other technologically advanced sources of embryonic tissue such as zebra fish embryos 51, 52 . At present, however, the culture of hESC lines remains very difficult, and the...

Potential Therapeutics

Currently, there is no therapy that cures SMA. However, active investigations are underway, and new therapeutic approaches will likely emerge in the near future. Potential therapeutic approaches (reviewed in Refs. 11,19 ) are 1) to increase full-length mRNA from SMN2 by an in vivo alteration in the splicing pattern of SMN2 exon 7 through activation of trans-acting factors, or antisense RNA molecules 2) to increase the overall transcription level of SMN mRNA by activating the SMN promoter 3) to stabilize the SMN protein 4) to repair degenerated motor neurons 5) to replace degenerated motor neurons by stem cell therapy and 6) to target modifying factors other than SMN2. A high throughput drug screening for the identification of compounds that up-regulate full-length SMN protein is underway.

One Hundred Years of InVitro Culture

During the early 1900s, synthetic cell culture media, antibiotics and disposable tissue culture flasks were far from being invented, and clean benches and bioreactors (if any) were regarded as pure science fiction. In 1929, an avian bone of more than 7 mm length and with clear signs of calcification was generated in vitro from embryonic cells for the first time 2 . At this time, scientists had long concentrated on the research of tumor cell lines in suspension or monolayer cultures. Historically, this was triggered by the fact that conventional culture systems during the past 100 years had selectively supported the growth of cells that relied mainly on glycolysis for their energy supply. These included tumor cells, rare types of differentiated oxygen-independent tissues and, eventually, most of the very early progenitor cells. Tremendous achievements have been made along this development line during the past few decades, resulting in cell lines and test systems that were perfectly...

Projections And Conclusions

While the enormous potential presented by stem cells exists without a doubt, there are scientific and other pragmatic problems that need to be addressed before this potential is realized. Procedures need to be developed for the reproducible scale-up of all kinds of human stem cells, with precise definition of the resultant cells. The cells could be undifferentiated stem cells (for possible use in transplantation and drug screening assays) or differentiated sufficiently along a particular lineage (as in hESCs differentiated into neuronal precursors of a specific kind for use in transplantation) as dictated by the end use. The scale-up will have to take into account the following optimization of culture of stem cells in suspension or adherent cultures culture systems that use defined media and are devoid of animal-derived components cost-effective culture of undifferentiated stem cells that may then be used as such or further differentiated into fully or partially differentiated...

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Nephron should still be able to cause a response. Alternatively, the finding of negligible amounts of these drugs in urine might simply mean that an as yet unidentified metabolite is the active species, and it behaves like the other loop diuretics with a lumen site of action, albeit with a more prolonged duration of effect. This appears to be the case with muzolimine. This drug has been withdrawn from study because of severe adverse neurologic effects.

Defined Viral and Cellular Pathways and Designed Host Cells

In a related system with the stably integrated Tat-responsive reporter cassette, the activity ofAZT was further characterized by transfection of an expression plasmid for Tat in the presence or absence of AZT 65 . Such a system where isolated viral events are probed in cells allows drug screens without the hazards ofviable virus, and this may be advantageous for more dangerous pathogens than HIV. However, as AZT interferes with reverse transcription the reporter signal strength was not affected. Only drugs that target the transactivation step of HIV can be detected in this particular set-up of the LTR-reporter system. Whilst HAART has significantly increased the quality of life and extended the life expectancy of patients infected with HIV, it cannot yet provide a cure for AIDS. Hence, pharmaceutical research is still faced with the challenge to refine screens in order to identify complementary drugs that specifically target only defined aspects in the life cycle of HIV. Patients...

Psychotherapy

Rounsaville has been a strong advocate for adopting psychotherapies shown to be effective in rigorous clinical trials. Dr. Rounsaville has also played a key role in clinical trials on the efficacy of a number of important treatments, including outpatient clonidine naltrexone for opioid detoxification, naltrexone for treatment of alcohol dependence, cognitive-behavioral treatment for cocaine dependence, and disulfiram treatment for alcoholic cocaine abusers. He has contributed extensively to the psychiatric treatment research literature in over 200 journal articles and 4 books.

Future Trends

Microbiological and bioassays have historically served to screen foods for the presence of antibiotics. While these assays have proven to be quite sensitive and inexpensive they are far too nonspecific and cause too lengthy a delay in obtaining data. This delay may allow antibiotic contaminated animal-derived foods to be marketed and consumed with drug detection being accomplished after the fact. This policy is inherently inadequate but has arisen from the limitations of the available analytical technologies. In this sense, bioassays and other methodologies that require lengthy waiting periods and prolonged and complex ana lytical procedures cannot meet the increasing need to perform rapid drug screening and confirmation on more samples for more drugs.

Conclusions

An overall comparison of different culture methods clearly shows the advantages of 3D tissue constructs for drug screening. Bioreactors can provide a better process control by taking into account the different demands of cells during cultivation. Furthermore, they can provide the technical means of performing controlled studies aimed at understanding specific biological, chemical, or physical effects, or for drug screening. Moreover, bioreactors enable a safe and reproducible production of tissue constructs, and can also be used to study effects such as shear flow and or hydrostatic pressure on the generation of tissues. With regard to future clinical applications, the bioreactor system should be an advantageous method in terms of low contamination risk, ease of handling, and scalability. With regard to drug screening, it is important that bioreactor systems are designed which allow for the cultivation of a magnitude ofsmall tissue samples To date, the goals and expectations of...

Osteocytes

The ease of maintenance, proliferation, and differentiation of the amniotic progenitor cells also provides great promise as potential cells that could be used for other purposes such as investigation into development pathways or drug screening. Many experiments to probe the exact potential of these cells and fully characterize their source will be beneficial, as they will help to define realistic goals and applications for use of these cells.

Sudden Death

Treatment in the emergency department is directed at identifying the probable cause for the arrest so that future events can be prevented. The possible etiologies are extensive, so laboratory and radiographic studies are directed by clinical and historical information. All patients should have a serum chemistry panel, complete blood count, serum alcohol level, urine drug screen, thyroid function tests, chest radiograph, and ECG in the emergency department. The inpatient evaluation can include an echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, stress test, and electrophysiologic testing.

Other Diseases

The development of protocols that allow the directed differentiation from ES cells to specific neural fates provides an essential basis for all cell-based approaches in neural repair. Although these protocols have become routine for mouse ES cells, work with hES cells lags behind. However, it is likely that these difficulties will be overcome within the next few years and that some of the very first clinical ES cell applications will be within the CNS. Beyond the role in regenerative medicine, ES cell in vitro differentiation protocols will become an essential tool for gene discovery and will serve as a routine assay of neural development. The availability of libraries of ES cells with specific mutations or expressing specific transgenes will be a great asset for such studies. In vitro ES cell differentiation will also provide unlimited sources of defined neural subtypes for pharmacological assays in drug screening and toxicology. One of the most important contributions might be the...

Laboratory

Laboratory studies may be helpful in diagnosing complications of cocaine or amphetamine abuse. Any patient with significant agitation or elevated temperature should have a chemistry panel and CPK obtained to screen for a metabolic acidosis, renal failure, or rhabdomyolysis. Hyponatremia of unknown etiology sometimes occurs following the use of hallucinogenic amphetamines (MDMA). Cardiac enzymes including CPK-MB or troponin are appropriate to screen for cardiac injury. A urine sample may be helpful in detecting rhabdomyolysis as well, since it may dip positive for hemoglobin with only few or no red blood cells by microscopy. Patients with hyperthermia should have baseline coagulation and liver function studies, since these values increase dramatically in the first 24 h. Most patients with altered mental status not responding to standard measures should undergo computed tomography of the head, since associated neurovascular injuries are common. A chest radiograph and ECG are fundamental...

Psilocybin

ED management of patients presenting with isolated hallucinogenic mushroom ingestion is largely supportive. Routine drug screens do not detect psilocybin or psilocin. However, a drug screen may indicate whether the ingested mushrooms were adulterated with PCP. If the patient's symptoms are not consistent with psilocybin, the possibility that the mushrooms ingested were of another more toxic variety should be considered.

Diagnostic Reasoning

In chapter 8, we explored the conceptual reject-the-norm arguments of Cohen and Gigerenzer that held that subjects who neglected base rates were not making an error. Base rate neglect occurs when subjects are trying to come to a conditional probability judgment (e.g., given that a subject tests positive on a drug test, what is the probability he has drugs in his system ). Subjects who neglect the base rate typically take the inverse conditional probability (the probability that the test will be positive given that the subject has drugs in his system) to be the conditional probability they're after. So suppose a subject is told that a test is 80 accurate (i.e., if S is positive, the test will say so 80 of the time and if S is negative, the test will say so 80 of the time). The subject who suffers from base rate neglect will judge that if someone tests positive (negative) there is an 80 chance that they are positive (negative). But simply because the probability of P given Q is 80 , it...

Feederfree Culture

Because of their remarkable proliferative capacity and differentiation potential, human embryonic stem (hES) cells may provide a source of cells for cell therapies, drug screening, and functional genomics applications. Derivation of hES cell lines has been accomplished by culturing cells from the inner cell mass of preimplantation embryos on mouse or human embryonic feeder cells. They are maintained in media containing serum or serum replacement supplemented with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). In these conditions, the cells retain an undifferentiated state and show stability in long-term culture. In addition, hES cells maintained on or off feeders express integrins a6 and p1, which may form a laminin-specific receptor, suggesting that the cells may interact with matrix components. These findings indicate that hES cells require both soluble factors and matrix proteins.

Human Cell Supply

With respect to the individual human life span, stem cells can be derived from three phases (1) prenatal (embryonic and fetal stem cells derived prior to birth) (2) postnatal (derived directly after birth from the umbilical cord or during childhood) and (3) adult stem cells (derived from organ-specific stem cell niches of a fully developed individual). It is generally accepted that the expansion potential decreases along with the increasing life time of an individual, and that the potency to differentiate into each type of tissue is higher at early development stages. Assuming a tissue density of 1 X 109 cells mL-1, approximately 40 divisions (symmetric and asymmetric) are, in theory, necessary to develop 1 kg of differentiated tissue from a single embryonic stem cell. If future drug-testing bioreactors are to provide proper culture conditions in cell culture spaces miniaturized to the smallest biological scale of the respective sub-organoid structure, then for very rough estimates of...

Outlook

In the past, technical systems capable of orchestrating all relevant parameters into functional micro-organoid cultures with balanced homeostasis in vitro seemed to be a dream. However, the various chapters of this book have addressed recent advancements in different research areas which, once they can be synchronized into comprehensive interdisciplinary development programs, will overcome the remaining challenges and hurdles. Moreover, when the dream becomes reality, broad applications in modern drug discovery and testing can be envisioned. Meanwhile, preclinical drug testing seems to be the most important application, and its use in early phases of the drug development time line for predictive drug screening, as well as for post-approval extension or restriction of indication to specific genotypic subpopulations, might be of great value (Fig. 11.2). Finally, properties relating to individuals can be tested for individualized therapies. As discussed earlier, an extension of use to...